Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Group Presentation

Frieze London 2013

October 17 - 20, 2013

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Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Lebanese Rocket Society: Part III, IV, V

March 19 - April 19, 2012

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For their first solo exhibition at The Third Line and following the first two parts of the project presented at the Sharjah Biennale in March 2011, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige continue their ongoing research on the Lebanese Rocket Society. This exhibition explores three new bodies of works - specifically during the 1960’s at the time of the “great Arab dream” – through a video and sound installation, a photographic series and documentation from Part I and II of the project.

The adventure of the Lebanese Rocket Society began in the early sixties at Haigazian University to study, create and launch rockets for further exploration. From 1960 to 1967, more than ten Cedar rockets were launched giving a rise to national celebrations, resulting in a set of stamps representing the Cedar IV rocket in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of Lebanon’s independence. Since then, the story has become a distant, if not forgotten memory; Hadjithomas and Joreige, as an homage to the notion of monument, recreated a scale reproduction of the Cedar IV rocket, which was exhibited at the 2011 Sharjah Biennale.Restaged, their photographic series that documents the reenactment of the rocket’s transportation through the streets of Beirut, capturing traces of puzzled reactions and strange occurrences.

Group Show

Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed

September 10 - October 02, 2008

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Artists: Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laila Shawa. 

Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed is an interdisciplinary exhibition which maps varying approaches and practices around the experience, perception and memory of conflict-related trauma featuring works by Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laila Shawa. 

This exhibition will feature a panel discussion with Elkoury and Joreige, as well as a series of films shown over the duration of the exhibition.

Fouad Elkoury's On War and Love is a series of 29 daily journal entries recorded during the 2006 bombardment on and incursion into Lebanon by Israel. The work combines photography and text in order to reveal the artist''''s intimate thoughts as he recounts this event which is doubled by the decision of his partner to leave him.

In Wonder Beirut, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige retrace the career of Lebanese photographer, Abdallah Farah. In 1975, Farah started damaging the negatives of his postcards, burning them little by little, imitating and simultaneously documenting the battles and bombings of the civil war. Hadjithomas and Joreige both republish these images to record the demise of this city, as well as that of the photographer’s psyche.

Tarek Al-Ghoussein's series ofSelf-Portraits depict the artist in various settings where open spaces and obstacles intercept each other. Based in the UAE, many of his photographs include the artist dwarfed by a vast desert landscape, stuck in front of remnants of walls in the middle of an open space.

London-based Laila Shawa’sWeapons of Mass Destruction is an oversized slingshot, stretched back as if ready for release. Despite the tension within its strips, the rock in its pocket is clearly grounded and presents no danger. 

This exhibition was generously supported by Bank of Sharjah.